Borneo Rainforest Lodge
SABAH, BORNEO, MALAYSIA
In Danum Valley, north-east Borneo, there are over 300 species of mammals and reptiles, including the orang-utan and proboscis monkeys. Nestled within this virgin forest is a three-storey, Borneo Rainforest Lodge overlooking the Danum River. The central lodge is a large, airy building standing on columns of belian, Borneo's famous hardwood, and features a spacious veranda, dining area and well-stocked bar.
The rooms are comfortable with adequate facilities one would expect in a rainforest. There are 30 chalets of which 18 deluxe chalets and 2 premium chalets feature a deck with an open pool. All rooms have verandas from which you can sit and watch the roosting hornbills and other birds. There is no A/C due to the lodge’s sustainable energy policy but there is a ceiling fan and bathrooms have solar powered hot shower.
You are likely to see Orang Utans and Proboscis Monkey which are found only in Borneo. From your deck, you are likely to see rhinoceros hornbills, sambar deer, bearded pig, gibbons calling through the misty morning and the macaques feeding in the trees. Sometimes, the macaques swim in the river and dry themselves off on the side allowing you to take great pictures. Other wildlife includes Sumatran Rhino, banteng elephant, clouded leopard, Bornean Gibbon, and red leaf Monkey.
Borneo Rainforest Lodge SABAH, BORNEO, MALAYSIA
Stay Borneo Rainforest Lodge has only 30 individual chalets accommodating up to 60 guests on full-Board basis. All the Chalets are installed with ceiling fans and have natural ventilation. Each chalet has its own outdoor tub on the spacious deck with views of a river and forest. Standard Chalet are simply designed but for more space book Deluxe Chalet with a private balcony. The three Premium Villas offer a higher level of comfort and have a private infinity pool with a large balcony.
ChildCare Children are welcome to stay at Borneo Rainforest Lodge, but there are no specific facilities available. However, children of 6 years and above would have an educational experience and a possible incentive to love nature and wildlife. There are double rooms available for families.
Dine The house restaurant at the Borneo Rainforest Lodge serves buffet style meals with a mix of local specialities and dishes that meet the taste of International travellers.
Relax Borneo Rainforest Lodge has a small but effective spa, influenced by the Dusun Culture. Its technique uses the age-old practice that combines stretching and thumb pressure, that can relieve tension and improve blood circulation.
Experience Activities include two nature walks with an expert guide, during the day. The best time to see Orang-utans is between March and October (peak July and August) when the trees are fruiting and they come down to lower slopes to feed. This makes it easier to find them during the walking safaris. The rich birdlife includes over 275 species and include Bornean Bristlehead, Bulwers Pheasant, the Dusky Munia and Bornean Hornbill.
Location The Borneo Rainforest Lodge lies at the heart of the Danum Valley on the banks of the Danum River, and facing the lodge on the opposite bank is a huge swathe of pristine forest.
Getting There International flights arrive at Kota Kinabalu International Airport. The town of Lahad Datu, gateway to Danum Valley, is reached via a short 55-minute flight from Kota Kinabalu. The Borneo Rainforest Lodge is a 2-hour drive from Lahad Datu on a sometimes rough and bumpy road.
When to go A good time to travel to Borneo is between March and September/October, even though Southwest monsoon brings in short burst of showers between May to July. Showers usually occur on the upper slopes in the afternoon while Mount Kinabalu has its own climate. The driest season runs from April to October but even during this season, a good raincoat is a must. The heaviest rainfall generally occurs between October and January and the lowest in between February and April.